and no one noticed or cared. The details are in my previous post, Response to Deacon Jim Russell on Combatants and Double Effect. Deacon Russell proposes that the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki can possibly be justified by the principle of double effect. This proposal openly contradicts the general teaching of the Church on destroying whole cities:
“The principle of humanity inscribed in the conscience of every person and all peoples includes the obligation to protect civil populations from the effects of war.” [Pontifical Council For Justice and Peace, Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, n. 505]
“Every act of war directed to the indiscriminate destruction of whole cities or vast areas with their inhabitants is a crime against God and man, which merits firm and unequivocal condemnation.” [Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 2314; quoting Second Vatican Council, Gaudium et Spes 80, n. 3]
And it contradicts the specific pronouncements of two recent Popes:
Pope Saint John Paul II: “Your country remembers the painful episodes of the Second World War that struck countless innocent victims in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”
Pope Benedict XVI: “I also greet the group of survivors of the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and I pray that the world may never again witness such mass destruction of innocent human life.”
And yet the article was published, and received much support from many Catholics. There was no outcry against this deacon for justifying the killing of “countless innocent victims” and the “mass destruction of innocent human life.” The teaching of the Church that such an act is “a crime against God and man, which merits firm and unequivocal condemnation,” was perverted by this public declaration of a Catholic deacon that somehow the principle of double effect (badly misunderstood by him) would render the above teachings and pronouncements irrelevant.
He continues to give sermons at Catholic Mass. He continues to receive Communion, even though he is guilty of objective mortal sin for rejecting the above quoted teaching of the Church (CCC 2314 and GS 80), for teaching the heresy that the mass destruction of innocent human life can be justified by the principle of double effect, for the grave sin of formal cooperation with mass murder by his public approval of those murders, and for the sin of scandal. He continues to speak and write publicly, as if he were fit to teach his fellow Catholics on faith and morals, when in fact he has so badly misunderstood Church teaching, that he thinks it may have been moral to drop nuclear bombs on two cities.
The conservative Catholic subculture has usurped the Magisterium. And after doing so, it began to twist and distort the moral teachings of Christ and His Church so severely as to make it seem as if grave sins could be justified by moral principles. The sheep are being led by wolves in sheep’s clothing, and they don’t seem to mind. If a faithful shepherd approaches them with the truth, they bite and kick him, and then flee instead to their favorite wolves.
Why is no objection raised, to this wicked false teaching of deacon Russell, by other Catholics who write posts and articles? He is accepted by the conservative Catholic subculture, so he is above criticism. The conservative Catholic subculture pretends to rule over the Church, in place of the Pope. If Pope Francis says anything other than what conservatives wish to hear, he is excoriated from all sides. But the wolves in sheep’s clothing who lead the conservative Catholic subculture are above reproach.
Teachers will have the stricter judgment from God.
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